Archive for August, 2011

Gone to pot.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Vases with an everyday hardware bent. Porcelain cleaning bottles by the ceramics company Middle Kingdom & drainpipe vases constructed by the always fun 101 woonideeën.


Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Want x 100000000. via Marchand Doublis.


We’ve found heaven, it’s in Venice.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Olivetti Showroom in Venice was commissioned in the late ’50s and designed by Carlo Scarpa. Just recently it was restored to its former glory and houses a collection of typewriters & calculators. Great building + office type things = school trip. Want to come? we’ll book a coach. (pics via coolhunter/okolo).

Eraser of the Century.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Simply the best eraser in the world. Not only does it resemble a flag but each section is for a different writing instrument. This is old. The petition starts now to bring it back!

A friday cocktail.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

If you do one thing this weekend please make sure it’s making a confetti martini. Via colormekatie.

Game on.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Old peg game cards. It looks like a happy town.

Bela Kolarova.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Intricate arrangements and photograms of buttons, razor blades, clips and pins by Czech artist Bela Kolarova.

A perfect arrangement.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The prolific Kjell Varvin arranges ‘insignificant objects’ in his studio and takes photos of the arrangements. Aren’t they marvellous? Yes, they are.

Shape up.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The pictures won’t blow you away but the supply of free nets might do. Churn out a polyhedra in no time with this useful site.

Raw Colour.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Raw Colour are a Dutch collective who experiment with simple colour and shape in a variety of fun and interesting ways. Their series ‘Flow’ ,paint charts on electric drills, is especially nice. The ‘This is Basic’ series features chunky blocks of coloured paper. What’s not to like?

Good wood.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Like a great big pile of logs, this is the most perfect cabin ever. We would like to serve customers from the windows, with bags of erasers, pencils and the like. Designed by Piet Hein Eek.


Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Ravishing boxes maketh a monday. Old clips, pins, glitter (we’re saving this for C*******s) & correction tape.  Some of these will be making an appearance on the shelves this week.


Friday, August 19th, 2011

Yesterday we discovered Kenneth Martin, an abstract painter/sculptor from Sheffield. In the 70s he produced this series of striped paintings. Striking and colourful with a hint of electrical insulating tape. Thanks Ken.


Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Airheads are kits of paper pieces with which you can turn a balloon into your favourite animal. Will raise a smile, as well as a ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moment. Super nice. By Hector Serrano pics via dezeen.


Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

You can always rely on Apartamento to make you look at something differently. Every issue has a great shoot using everyday objects, or materials, in a snazzy new way. Here we have bricks, glasses of water and wood. Never let us use the word ‘snazzy’ again.

Closet case.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Pastoe give good cupboard. Want x 1000000.

Esquire Cookbook; 1955

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The Esquire Cookbook ,published in 1955, is a hefty tome full of slightly dubious recipes but fun illustrations by Charmatz. Here’s a tasting menu, the french duck and angry rabbit are favourites.

A happy landing.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

You could happily lose several hours in this treasure trove of airline ephemera. It’s a first class flight of graphics, type & colour. Enjoy!

Desk Set of the Week.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Should we ever see this briefcase/desk set in real life it is likely we would faint. Thanks Tomas Kral, it’s amazing.

Taken to Tasca.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Today we discovered Alessio Tasca and his beautiful mid century ceramics. He produced some desktop items that we are particular taken with. That ceramic desk organiser is marvellous and those bookends are something else (images via Pinterest & Google). 

Cat Scan.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Bit bored? scan your cat. Things you will need: a cat, a scanner. Insert here.

Stitch up.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Shaun Kardinal’s stitched postcards are still some of the best around. We need one for the wall. Or maybe two! More here.

We’ll take one of everything please.

Monday, August 8th, 2011

If you visit one place today then make it here. A huge collection of old game instructions, graphics, labels and more. Bookmarked.

A lot of lots.

Monday, August 8th, 2011

If you’ve got a spare hour or six then we thoroughly recommend a virtual trip to PBA Auctions. Peruse their catalogues and find funny, amazing, random, inspiring things. Our favourites so far are: kids, classics, italian, just plain random (check out parts 1 & 2 also).

Tidy desk, tidy mind.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Put your stuff somewhere fun. New old organisers and magic boxes now on the shelves.